How to Magnify Your Screen

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How to Magnify Your Screen
Magnifying small font. (magnifying glass image by timur1970 from

As you move from task to task on your computer, visuals on your desktop screen can change drastically, putting strain on your eyes. For example, when you visit various web pages, the font can quickly jump from large to small. When you view personal photos, the resolution may be so low the picture is literally the size of a thumbnail.

You may find it helpful to magnify, or zoom in, on the objects on your computer screen, and Microsoft has a feature called "Magnifier" on most of its operating systems that does just that.

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Things you need

  • Windows operating system

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    Find the Magnifier program. Click on the "Start" button, usually located in the bottom-left side of your computer screen. Click on "All Programs." Click on the "Accessories" folder. Click on the "Ease of Access" folder. Click the program labelled "Magnifier."

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    Wait for Magnifier to initiate. After clicking on the Magnifier program, a configuration window will pop up with default settings; for the moment, minimise this window. Then a second window will automatically pin, or dock, itself somewhere on your desktop, usually across the top of your computer screen. In this window you will see highlighted snippets of wherever your cursor is located.

  3. 3

    Begin using Magnifier. Move your mouse cursor as you normally would, such as clicking links on web pages. As you open new programs or web pages, the Magnifier will follow your mouse cursor to that point on the screen and zoom in. As you come across small fonts, simply hover your mouse over the letters and move your cursor in the direction that you're reading or skimming.

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    Configure Magnifier. You can adjust the zoom and functionality of Magnifier through the Configuration window. When you maximise the window, you will have various options, such as increasing or decreasing the zoom.

Tips and warnings

  • Windows operating systems are highly customisable, so your programs and applications may have names and/or locations different from the defaults listed. You may trying using the Windows "Search" feature on the "Start" menu to bring up the program.

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